Last year brought heartache in the news as we read story after story of children being left in vehicles as temperatures rose. Unfortunately, as summer approaches once again, the risk of these incidents will most likely increase.
While it can be quick to place blame in these situations, most of these parents are just like you and me: good and loving people who would never even dream of harming their children.
These accidents don’t seem to be a reflection on the parent, just simply a change in routine for that person. Oftentimes it is the parent who doesn’t normally drop off or pick up the child that finds themselves in this nightmare.
According to noheatstroke.org, in the past 16 years, there have been a shocking 636 heatstroke-related deaths of children left in vehicles. On average, that’s about 37 children dying per year in a situation that could very easily be avoided. Not surprisingly, this year has already brought 2 deaths of toddlers.
Here are some ways to ensure this never happens to you:
Whether it be a quick trip to the grocery store, running into the pharmacy, or simply paying the gas station attendant, never leave your child alone. Situations can arise where you may be gone longer than expected and every minute counts when a child is alone. Many people witness children being left alone in cars and feel prompted to take action. Others may feel hesitant to become involved fearing a civil suit. For information on “Good Samaritan Laws” state by state and how you are protected, click here.
So remember, always check your mirror and backseat before leaving your vehicle and NEVER leave your child unattended in the car!